We think mustard is wildly underestimated. But really it’s like the “lefty” of condiments—a culinary wild card and secret weapon if used right. You see, mustard may come from the Middle English mustarde, which translates to condiment, but it can be so much more. According to Michele Anna Jordan, author of The Good Cook’s Book of Mustard, “Mustard in the kitchen has three main functions: a condiment, a flavoring agent or spice, and a vegetable. Mustard also has good emulsifying ability. It can help bind a sauce, and is used commercially to create the proper texture in sausages and prepared meat products.” It makes us wonder why there aren’t more recipes using mustard.
First used in India around the year 3000 BC, mustard is good for you too. It may help prevent cancer and it’s a good source of selenium. Now that you’re dying to use more mustard in the kitchen, we’re giving you 12 surprisingly delicious recipes using mustard.
1. Lentil Soup with Mustard Oil & Tomato-Chive Topping
Crushing mustard seeds into the oil adds a great depth of flavor and gives this lentil soup a bit of a bite
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